Both versions provide Infiniti’s controversial direct adaptive steering, whose odd tactile character undermines the Q50 saloon. The good news is that the Q60 system comes in second-generation form, while still allowing choice. In combination with the Standard, Sport or Sport+ driving modes, you can overlay default, Dynamic and Dynamic+ steering response modes via the infotainment screen. The steering system is claimed to react more quickly than a mechanical system, adjusting itself up to 1000 times a second. Further technical flourishes include an active shutter radiator grille and narrower door mirrors that also direct air along the car’s deeply sculpted flanks, although this Infiniti’s 0.28 Cd is not so remarkable these days.
Those deeply sculpted flanks are part of a restyle that includes a decidedly more emphatic grille, and Infiniti’s trademark crescent-cut side-window-to-D-pillar trim is also harder to miss. Arch-filling 19in rims come as standard and are upgradeable to 20in. The interior has been modernised, too, with the centre console presenting two stacked screens, the lower panel finger triggered. The screens provide plenty, including an around-view monitor, Infiniti InTouch concierge services and endless programming and information choices, from steering modes and three-flash lane-changing to weather forecasts and the stock market’s status.
Surprisingly, given Infiniti’s love for the technical, the instruments are conventional rather than configurable virtual dials, although the main pair are ringed with crescent-cut aluminium circles. The modernisation also includes an obvious upgrade in material quality for this subtly stylish, more swoopy cabin.
What's it like?
It doesn’t take long to discover that six cylinders, twin turbos and four-wheel drive equal quick. This is a 5.0sec-to-62mph car and one that could easily broach its 155mph limiter. The seven-speed automatic gearbox does a good job of masking the V6’s slightly indolent sub-1500rpm work rate. A very solid surge of melodic thrust rapidly emerges and without much disturbing the tyres' purchase on the road below, on dry days at least.
Sink the throttle completely and the crank will soon close on 7000rpm, the limiter’s arrival foretold by a now more mechanical soundtrack. The transmission is adaptive and gives itself a hurry-up if you select Sport or Sport+, and again if it detects an ambitious driving style. It's a shame that it has been substantially tuned for refinement because the sometimes delayed shifts are at frustrating odds with the engine’s eagerness. Paddle-shifting helps, but not completely.
The Q60’s chassis is quietly keen, too. Secure, decently supple and pointable, it allows you to attack bends with satisfyingly bold commitment, and with steering gear that’s a whole lot more helpful than you’ll find in the Q50. The weighting’s pretty good and it’s precise and quick without being flighty. For bend-bashing, it’s best in Dynamic+, where there is less slack around the centrepoint, but in truth the difference between these modes is relatively slight. And it can still feel slightly glutinous.
But never mind. The Q60 is pretty entertaining along a snake of tarmac, decidedly swift and civilised with it. Civility is what it does particularly well, in fact. This coupé is quiet and very comfortable, its cabin ambience is of fairly high quality, and it’s very well equipped. On most roads, the ride is good, too. This is more GT than sports coupé, and it plays that role well. Four can enjoy it as well. The back seats are unexpectedly capacious for a coupé, although the tall will find their heads touching a rear screen that will also broil them in summer.
Should I buy one?
If you want something that isn’t a 4 Series, an A5 or a Benz coupé, this car is worth a look - and not because it’s almost the only alternative. It’s quick, fairly engaging, well finished, generously equipped and refined. It’s also a more satisfying drive than the outgoing A5 and feels more eager than a Merceders. But the transmission and needlessly complicated steering underline the more poised abilities of the 4 Series.
Infiniti Q60 S 3.0T Sport Tech
Location Pasadena, US; On sale now; Price £46,690; Engine V6, 2997cc, twin-turbo, petrol; Power 400bhp at 6400rpm; Torque 350lb ft at 1600-5200rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1892kg; 0-62mph 5.0sec; Top speed 155mph; Economy 31.0mpg; CO2/tax band 208g/km, 37% Rivals BMW 440i, Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupé